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San Miguel de Cozumel in Municipality of San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
1. The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker
Inscription.
fue a 3 dias del mes de Mayo cuando avistamos esa Tierra Nueva
y por ser dia de la Santa Cruz asi le llamamos”…
Bernal Díaz del Castillo.
Cronista de la Conquista.

El capitán Juan de Grijalva al mando de 4 navios descubrió Cozumel para
el mundo Occidental el 3 de Mayo de 1518 Un año mas tarde Hernan Cortes
iniciara la conquista de Mexico desde estas mismas playas.

…y al terminar sus plegarias el anciano en lo alto de la torre mandó
el capitán limpiar el espacio, aderezar un altar y oficiar la santa misa…
Pbro. Juan Díaz y Nuñez
Capellán de Armada Española.

…Era el jueves 6 de mayo de 1518, y con esa celebración de la primera
misa en territorio Mexicano, se inició la entrada del cristianismo al país.

…Dos veces bendecida por los Dioses, en la sagrada Cuzamil
la piedra se hizo plegaria y el oráculo y el culto a X’chel,
se trocaron en la religión del perdón y del Dios crucificado
Velio Vivas Valdez
Cronista de Cozumel.

English translation:
“…it was on the third day of May when we sighted that New World
and as it was the day of the Holy Cross we named the area the Holy Cross of Cozumel…”
Bernal Díaz del Castillo.
Chronicler of the Conquest.

Captain Juan de Grijalva with his four ships discovered Cozumel
The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
2. The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker
for the Western world on May 3, 1518. A year later Hernan Cortes began the conquest of Mexico from these same beaches.

“... and at the end of his prayers the old man at the top of the tower ordered the captain to clear a space, prepare an altar and officiate the Holy Mass ...”
Father Juan Díaz y Nuñez
Chaplain of the Spanish Armada

... It was on Thursday, May 6, 1518, and with that celebration of the first mass in Mexican territory, Christianity began its entrance into the country.

“... Twice blessed by the Gods, in sacred Cuzamil
the stone became prayer and the oracle and worship of X'chel,
were changed into the religion of forgiveness and the Crucified God”
Velio Vivas Valdez
Chronicler of Cozumel.
 
Location. 20° 31.198′ N, 86° 56.638′ W. Marker is in San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, in Municipality of San Miguel de Cozumel. Marker is on Avenida Rafael E. Melgar, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Avenida Rafael E. Melgar, San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo 77609, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tribute to the 201st Squadron of the Mexican Expeditionary Force (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lockheed T-33. (about 150 meters away);
The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
3. The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker
North American T-28A Trojan (about 210 meters away); Mexican Air Force Expeditionary Squadron 201 Memorial (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Monument to Gonzálo Guerrero (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Benito Juárez García (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); The First Mass Celebrated in Mexico (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Cozumel's Tribute to the Defenders of the Nation (approx. 1.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel de Cozumel.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
4. The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel Marker
The marker is made up of three panels that are located around the base of the statue of Captain Grijalva.
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By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
5. The Arrival of the Spanish in Cozumel
Just to the north of the marker is this replica of a Maya temple. The recreation includes statues of Maya and Catholic priests and a Maya mother and daughter.
Nearby statue of a Maya mother and daughter image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 15, 2017
6. Nearby statue of a Maya mother and daughter
Interestingly, it is possible today to see Maya women and children dressed similarly to these statues in many parts of Mexico and Central America.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 112 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 26, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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